Teaching Math to Students with Visual Impairments

Math teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired will find resources and teaching strategies for mathematics and other number concepts in this section.
 
Perkins eLearning
This free webcast with Susan Osterhaus discusses the importance of the Nemeth Code, producing accessible math materials, applying a multi-sensory approach and universal design to math instruction, technology tools for students who are blind and visually impaired, helpful teaching aids for students and teachers, and issues and challenges with standardized testing.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
This section of the TSBVI website, created by Susan Osterhaus, is one of the most comprehensive online resources on math education for students who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Collection of videos includes abacus, calculators, low tech math tools, and Nemeth
 
Paths to Literacy
The Paths to Literacy Project gathers strategies shared by professionals in the field.  This resource bank is specific to the mathematics curriculum.
 
Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (Canada)
This resource suggests curriculum activities for teaching number line, time, currency, base ten, spatial measurement, and other numeric concepts. Materials available in print and video.
 
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) 
These links for teachers whose math students are blind or visually impaired include tips for classroom accommodations, advice for reading math aloud to students, and information about assistive technology.
 
A Publication of ON-NET/ICEVI
International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), Overbrook School for the Blind, and The Nippon Foundation collaborated on this teaching methods manual that includes use of the traditional abacus and Nemeth braille code.
 
See/Hear Newsletter (1997) Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services
Questions, answers, and differing opinions about the use of Nemeth Code in math education.
 
Teaching Nemeth Code
Two articles on principles of teaching Nemeth braille code for mathematics:
This online handbook covers the range, from basic number facts to advanced mathematics, and includes a handbook for spoken mathematics.
 

Research

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
The APH report was conducted in 2005-2006 to analyze mathematics research and studies that meet the criteria for evidence-based practice.
 
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
A landing page of links to current research on the topic of math education and math accessibility.
 
National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum
An annotated bibliography of Mathematics information on the World Wide Web, compiled and reviewed by the NCAC. This resource is not dated. Some web addresses may have changed.
 

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